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Student Rights, Advocacy, and Accountability (SRAA)

 

The Office of the Dean of Students regulates, maintains and protects the welfare of Southern University and A&M College campus community by establishing and enforcing standards of behavior for students as set forth in the Student Code of Conduct. Students enrolled at Southern University and A&M College must ultimately assume full responsibility for their actions and must adhere to the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct  sets forth responsibilities of which members of the University community owe one another. The University has equal obligations to protect the integrity of its educational mission and the interests of its student body. These policies, penalties, and sanctions have been established to protect the rights and interests of all members of the campus community.

 

Student Code of Conduct

The Southern University and A&M College Student Code of Conduct sets forth, in a concise and uniform manner, responsibilities which members of the University community owe one another. Southern University and A&M College is committed to protecting the full constitutional rights of its students.  University policies, Student Code of Conduct provisions, penalties, and sanctions have been established to protect the rights and interests of all members of the University community.  The current Student Code of Conduct supersedes any previously published Student Code of Conduct.   

Student Code of Conduct - link to PDF

 

Student Judicial Process

The Southern University and A&M College judicial system governs the University community by regulating student conduct and enforcing the University's Student Code of Conduct consistent with the principles of due process of laws applicable to state universities.

Student Judicial System - link to PDF
Judicial Process At-A-Glance - link to PDF

 

Academic Dishonesty/Disruption of the Academic Process

Southern University and A&M College's Student Code of Conduct (Code 1.1) identifies academic dishonesty as any deliberate attempt to gain an unfair advantage in academic work.  Furthermore, the University's Student Code of Conduct (Codes 1.6 and 2.2) broadly defines disruption/obstruction as any major/minor action which obstructs, or attempts to obstruct, an official University function, such as teaching, research, administration, or other campus activity.

Academic Dishonesty/Disruption Policy - link to PDF
Report Academic Dishonesty - link to PDF
Report Classroom Disruption - link to PDF

 

Gender-Based Sexual Misconduct Policy

Southern University and A&M College utilizes the term "gender-based sexual misconduct" to encompass all behaviors that involve gender based violations of an individual's rights specifically manifested by sexual behavior and actions. Accordingly, this term is inclusive of conduct considered to constitute sexual harassment, non-consensual sexual contact or intercourse (of which sexual violence would be included), sexual exploitation, stalking, intimate partner violence, and other forms of inappropriate behavior that are linked with the sex/gender of the Complainant and/or Respondent. These behaviors, when deemed to have occurred, deprives an individual of their rights, and/or access to an education or employment. This policy, produced by the Southern University System, is an addendum to the Southern University and A&M College Student Code of Conduct.

Full Campus Policy - link to PDF

 

Residence Life Regulations

Student residents of Southern University and A&M College's Office Residence Life and Housing facilities possess rights and responsibilities which must be held in high regard to protect and uphold the experience of all students. This policy expands the regulations outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, and outlines additional expectations of student residents.

Residence Life Regulations - link to PDF

 

Student Official Statements

Southern University and A&M College students have to opportunity to provide an official student in a judicial matter, whether they are a witness, victim, or the accused in an incident. 

 Student Statement Form - link to PDF

 

Student Grievances

The general grievance procedure is maintained by the Dean of Students in order to ensure prompt and equitable solutions to student problems. General grievances include sexual harassment, hazing, and discrimination.    

 Student Grievance Form - link to PDF

 

Academic Grievances

Southern University and A&M College students may seek redress in academic decisions when they believe the decision is unfair or ungrounded. The academic grievance procedure provides prompt and equitable resolutions to student academic grievances. Classroom related matters should be subjected to these procedures only when the grievance cannot be settled in the ordinary course of immediate post-class discussion.

 Student Academic Grievance Procedures - link to PDF

 

Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress

The Higher Education Act of 1965 as amended and final regulations set by the United States Department of Education (34CFR668.16) require that institutions of higher education establish reasonable standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) as a condition of continuing eligibility for federal aid programs. Financial aid recipients are expected to make reasonable progress as a condition of receiving and continuing to receive student financial aid. Student progress is assessed according to both qualitative and quantitative measures. The University has developed this policy to provide a framework for monitoring and determining a student's Satisfactory Academic Progress in accordance with Federal and Institutional requirements. This policy applies to all new, transfer, re-entry, re-admit with transfer work, and continuing students at Southern University.

Full SAP Policy and Appeals Criteria - link to PDF